ESPN previously reported that Beltran had that exact offer from the Royals, but if a deal with those terms is on the table, it isn't yet coming from Kansas City, according to Thursday's report.
The Dodgers chose not to tender Belisario a contract by Monday's deadline. He went 5-7 with a 3.97 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 49:28 K:BB ratio in 68 innings last season.
The team is looking to top the Yankees' offer, thought to be no higher than $175 million, by $50 million in the hopes of bringing him west. Cano was in Seattle Thursday to meet with Mariners officials face to face.
CSNChicago.com reported in late November that there was a high probability Samardzija gets traded this offseason, but until that happens, the team will continue to attempt to lock him up long-term. He went 8-13 with a 4.34 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 214:78 K:BB ratio in 213 2/3 innings in 2013.
"I think it’ll be an easy transition for him if and when that time comes," Epstein said. "He hasn’t even reached Triple-A yet. There’s plenty of time to do it. You don’t want to take shortstop away from a kid. Once you move off shortstop, it’s really hard to move back.
"There may be a time in the future when he moves on a permanent basis, and there may be time when we move just to give him versatility. In Spring Training, he’ll play plenty of shortstop and that might be a time to move him around as well.”
Baez hit .282/.341/.578 with 37 home runs, 111 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 517 at-bats between high Class A and Double-A last season.
"I just think he needs to log innings," Rizzo told MASNSports.com. "He is a guy that his progression was cut short by the Tommy John injury and surgery. But when he is performing and he was healthy ... he pitched extremely well. He is a stuff left-hander that we think his stuff can play in the big leagues in the short term. He gives us some depth in the rotation and a guy that we feel that can help us in the major leagues very soon."
Solis, who Baseball America rates as the No. 5 prospect in the Nationals organization with Robbie Ray now with Detroit, had a 3.32 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 6.5 strikeouts per nine innings in 14 appearances, including 13 starts, in the lower levels of the minors last year.
One side effect of Nick Castellanos' move back to third base following the recent Prince Fielder-for-Ian Kinsler trade is that the
"The ideal situation is Andy Dirks would play like he did two years ago," general manager Dave Dombrowski said Wednesday. "He didn't have a good year last year. I know his knee bothered him. He admitted it more after the year that it bothered him all year long, so I'm looking for Andy Dirks to come back."
Splitting time with Matt Tuiasosopo, Dirks hit .256 with nine homers and a .686 OPS in 438 at-bats last season, but he hit .322 with eight homers and an .857 OPS in 314 at-bats in 2012, crushing righties to the tune of a .336 batting average and .889 OPS.
"We think he's a good big-league player. But am I ready to say for sure he's our left fielder and we can't get better by matching and mixing and doing something? No, I'm not prepared to do that at this point," Dombrowski said.
With Ryan Hanigan traded to Tampa Bay,
"I believe that I'm an everyday catcher in the big leagues I don't think I've quite played as good as I can," he said. "I think playing every day, getting all the reps, getting that at-bats, that's only going to help. We'll go from there. We'll go from there and I believe we're going in the right direction."
Mesoraco, who was considered a top prospect when he first reached the majors in 2011, showed how he's capable of performing in an everyday role during a 22-game stretch that Ryan Hanigan missed with a wrist injury from early July to early August. Playing in 21 of those games, Mesoraco hit .286 with four homers and an .820 OPS in 70 at-bats.
"It was right after the All-Star break that Hani went down, and I'm not going to say it had to do with playing every day, but I think my comfort level at that time, I felt [more] comfortable, it was like it was my job, my team, I could go out there and be the player I feel like I can," Mesoraco said.
Strasburg had bone chips removed from his right elbow in late October, and at that time he was given a four-to-six-week timetable to resume throwing.
Coming off a disastrous 2013 in which he was suspended for the first 50 games for testing positive for marijuana and returned to hit only .220 with six homers and 89 strikeouts in 245 at-bats at Triple-A Oklahoma City,
With a home run Wednesday, he's up to seven in 23 games, giving him three more than anyone else in the league. He also leads the league with a .622 slugging percentage and 1.040 OPS.
Singleton is unlikely to win a job with the big club in spring training, but at age 22, he figures to get a long look.